Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reckons Schalke can win the Bundesliga this season as they look to overhaul a three-point deficit on leaders Bayern Munich.
"Of course we can be champions," the Dutch striker, who is only one behind the division's 16-goal leading marksman Mario Gomez, told sports magazine Kicker from his club's winter training cap in Doha.
"We are level on points with Dortmund and only three behind Bayern Munich. That shows we have regularly been piling up points away, and if we go on in this vein we have a chance."
Schalke, already out of the German Cup, will resume league action on 21 January at home to Stuttgart, while Bayern travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund take on Hamburg.
Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke are still in the UEFA Europa League and meet Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen in the Round of 32 next month.